Bonds hits career homer No. 598

Man pleads no contest to theft of Jackie Robinson's NL ring

Bonds hits career homer No. 598
PITTSBURGH -- Barry Bonds hit his 598th career home run, connecting for a solo shot in the ninth inning Sunday against Pittsburgh.

Man pleads no contest to theft of Jackie Robinson's NL ring
LOS ANGELES -- A man pleaded no contest Monday to stealing Jackie Robinson's National League championship ring and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

Most people don't notice when you're on vacation

Odds and ends
LAS VEGAS -- Ten-thousand bras lined the Strip over the weekend, but it wasn't a promotion for a new topless review.

"Vampire" convicted of killing woman
LONDON -- A teenager who prosecutors said wanted to be a vampire was convicted Friday of fatally stabbing an elderly woman, cutting out her heart and drinking her blood.

Braves deal Cards a sweep
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves came adorned with the best record in baseball. Andy Benes, who has more losses against the Braves than any other team, came armed with a 90-mile-per-hour fastball.

Bobby's Boys
ATLANTA - His starting second baseman was handed a minor league contract last winter and told to take it or leave it. Two of his best relievers didn't pitch in the majors last year.

Ho hum: Braves roll toward another division title
ATLANTA -- Just a few days into August, the Atlanta Braves have already turned their attention to October.

Braves notebook
ATLANTA - Chipper Jonesis back to his old self and that means bad news for opposing pitchers.

Bobby's Boys

Braves deal Cards a sweep

Braves notebook

Ho hum: Braves roll toward another division title

Proofing your resume won't kill you

Officials oppose membership
The role played by state-provided economic incentives in industrial recruitment has become a hot issue in recent weeks as Richmond County leaders debate the merits of membership in the CSRA Unified Development Authority.

Nickel, dime yourself for big savings

Proofing your resume won't kill you
"STRENGTHS: I am very used to working with thigh schedules."

Dow posts triple-digit loss for third straight session
NEW YORK -- Wall Street's hopes for a turnaround dimmed Monday after another dose of disappointing economic news sent the Dow Jones industrials down nearly 270 points, their third straight triple-digit loss.

Regular investing pays off over time
Q: I've heard that an investment strategy called dollar-cost averaging is a smart move in a bear or uncertain market. What is it, and should I use this approach?

Successful investors don't pool their assets

High score best on credit report
With the dizzying array of credit card accounts and loans - mortgage, auto, installment - their amounts, payment records and limits, plus maybe entries about bankruptcies, figuring out your credit report can be a challenge for the people you ask for credit.

Regular investing pays off over time

Business briefs
South Carolina's economy continued to improve in June, helped by a strong housing sector and low unemployment, according to a recent joint report from the University of South Carolina and the state's employment security commission.

Successful investors don't pool their assets
NEW YORK - Buy low, sell high - it's basic investing and a rule that applies to mutual funds as well as stocks. But in a tumultuous market that swings between sharp losses and powerful rebounds, it's often easier to sell than buy.

Business briefs

Nickel, dime yourself for big savings
NEW YORK - While some people are worried about what the stock market's volatility is doing to their savings, many others are worried because they aren't saving at all.

Dow posts triple-digit loss for third straight session

Officials oppose membership

High score best on credit report

Augusta's LBJ

Turning the pressure up

Confusion at school

Pray, but prepare

In the know
True fans of The Real World will probably want to tune in to The Real World - The Lost Season at 9 p.m. on MTV. This made-for-MTV movie is a spoof of the reality series in which an obsessed fan kidnaps the show's cast.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
"Widows," a chilling tale of thievery, murder and four women's revenge, is apparently too hot to handle for ABC. Perhaps concerned that the film is too vivid, dark and adult to showcase, the network has chopped it into four weekly hours, labeled it a "limited series," and given it an obscure, dog days kiss-off.

Photo style appeals to younger generation
Toni and Bill Fishburne wanted to document Toni's first pregnancy, but they weren't interested in the typical maternity portrait.

'Signs' tops weekend box office with $60.3 million harvest
LOS ANGELES -- "Signs" ran crop circles around the competition to top an unusually strong weekend box office for August.

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens.

Anna Nicole Smith joins reality show craze
LOS ANGELES -- When last seen by America, Anna Nicole Smith was locked in a seven-year legal battle over her late husband's Texas oil fortune.

Jackets escape, then cruise, 7-1
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - The Augusta GreenJackets stared at what sh

Beem holds off Lowery to win International

Player of the Year race heats up

Green beats Irwin in seven-hole playoff

Kim avoids late meltdown to win Wendy's by one

Player of the Year race heats up
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Jay Blackburn rediscovered the winning touch in Sunday's Perry Watson Memorial, setting himself up for a run at a second straight Regions Cup player of the year title.

Kim avoids late meltdown to win Wendy's by one
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Mi Hyun Kim sidestepped a late collapse Sunday to hold off fellow South Korean Hee-Won Han and win the Wendy's Championship for Children by one stroke.

Davies wins 64th career title with birdie on second playoff hole

Delsing wins Omaha Classic with birdie on 18th
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Delsing wins Omaha Classic with birdie on 18th

Green beats Irwin in seven-hole playoff
JERICHO, N.Y. -- According to Hubert Green, his playoff victory over Hale Irwin on Sunday in the Long Island Classic was eight holes, not seven.

Whitworth doesn't expect to add to record for pro golf titles
TROPHY CLUB, Texas -- Seventeen years after winning her 88th golf tournament, more than any other pro, Kathy Whitworth will tee it up in an LPGA seniors event this week.

Beem holds off Lowery to win International
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Rich Beem carded seven birdies and made a critical eagle on the 17th hole to hold off a furious rally by Steve Lowery and claim The International on Sunday.

Davies wins 64th career title with birdie on second playoff hole
OSLO, Norway -- Laura Davies ended an 11-month winless streak Sunday, beating Spain's Ana Larraneta on the second playoff hole to win the Norwegian Masters.

Jackets escape, then cruise, 7-1

Most people don't notice when you're on vacation
When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.

State closes four convenience stores
State revenue officials shut down and seized four Bryant's Food & Fuel convenience stores this morning in Augusta and Thomson for alleged nonpayment of sales taxes.

Appeals court affirms ruling allowing plutonium shipments to South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected South Carolina's request to stop the federal government from shipping surplus plutonium into the state.

Georgia Games not helpful to city

Supports Ron Cross

911 dispatch unfamiliar with Augusta

Augusta Regional Airport can be OK

News you probably will never read

Young does well with what he works with

Feature stories are quality reporting

Wants 'Chronicle' coverage of youths' swim meets

New voting machines wasteful

Pitts' 'colorblind' column misrepresents

Fix mine fields on Central Avenue

Cooperation to save kitten good example for commissioners

Backs Cross in Columbia Co. Commission race

Jones has clear vision for District 97

In the know

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead

Photo style appeals to younger generation

'Signs' tops weekend box office with $60.3 million harvest

Senior calendar

Anna Nicole Smith joins reality show craze

Report prompts rally
More than 200 members of the black community packed the pews of an Augusta church Monday night to rally against recently released reports from the special grand jury, but they said they weren't there to defend any alleged wrongdoing by minority leaders.

Across Georgia

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE -Business and civic leaders in the Upstate have asked state health regulators for a two-year deferral in complying with new federal air pollution standards.

News you can use
AUG. 6, 1987 A convenience store clerk was in good condition at an area hospital Wednesday after being attacked with a machete during a robbery earlier in the day.

Hot in the shade
Hot in the shade Doris Champion, of Augusta, tries to stay cool under the shade of her umbrella while waiting to catch the bus at Walton Way and Fourth Street. High temperatures reached 91 on Monday and are expected to drop by week's end.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL -A 14-year-old who was severely burned in a house fire a month ago has died.

News you can use

Across Georgia
LaFAYETTE -A Georgia man charged in the shooting deaths of two brothers in Walker County refused to sign extradition papers Monday.

County lines not barriers for officers
Most people who try to evade police think they can't be touched once they cross county lines, Richmond County sheriff's Col. Gary Powell said.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is James A. Lewis of Evans.

Around town

Across the area
Richmond County Animal Control officials are seeking the public's help in finding a dog that reportedly bit an Augusta woman.

Appeals court affirms ruling allowing plutonium shipments to South Carolina

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Mayor pushes transfer of power

Schools offer added services
Pupils in some Columbia and Richmond county schools will be able to take advantage of tutoring, after-school programs and other free services under a national education reform package.

News you can use

Ruling favors mother

Across the area
An Augusta woman was charged Sunday afternoon with stabbing her boyfriend in the face and shoulder with a kitchen knife, authorities said.

Schools offer added services

Hopefuls try to shake up Georgia races

Drug abusers, children make new starts

Subscriber of the day

County lines not barriers for officers

Job isn't laughing matter for pet detective

Officials back name for road extension
The construction process hasn't begun, but North Augusta Mayor Lark Jones says he's already heard talk of a name for the new extension of Bobby Jones Expressway into South Carolina.

Across the area

Across the area

Anti-nuclear groups plan to tour SRS

County says road will be paved soon

Across Georgia

Around town
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Across South Carolina

Anti-nuclear groups plan to tour SRS
AIKEN - What's being described as a "fairly standard public tour" today at Savannah River Site won't be in at least one respect.

A lot off the top

Mayor pushes transfer of power
Mayor Bob Young has been waiting for just the right time to ask that the Augusta Commission give up its power to hire and fire city department heads and hand it over to the city administrator. The right time appears to be today.

Across South Carolina

Hot in the shade

Subscriber of the day

New council worries some
The balance of representation on the Aiken County Council has some residents concerned that rural needs could go overlooked.

History buffs begin war trail
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A lot of people don't know the Carolina Lowcountry's close ties to the American Revolution.

Ruling favors mother
Jackie Boatwright won another battle Monday in her crusade against uninsured day care centers.

District 6 voters return for council runoff
AIKEN - It shouldn't come as any surprise that residents of Aiken County Council's District 6 seem tired of going to the polls.

GOP hopefuls target lieutenant governor

New council worries some

Drug abusers, children make new starts
The Rev. Jesse Goldman stepped out of his tan Chevrolet S-10 and surveyed the 56 acres that hold the future of a ministry.

A lot off the top
Earl Logan, 6, of Aiken, sits still as Lonell Ishmal, of Looking Good Barber Shop in North Augusta, cuts his hair at the Aiken County Recreation Center in Graniteville. Area shops and salons volunteered their services Monday to get children ready to go back to school.

GOP hopefuls target lieutenant governor
ATLANTA - One is a social reformer who led the charge to ban video poker.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA -A man who shot a pizza store manager during a robbery 11 years ago is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection tonight.

Driver dies in police chase
An Aiken man was killed early Sunday after wrecking on a dirt road while trying to avoid a traffic checkpoint, authorities said.

Hopefuls try to shake up Georgia races
ATLANTA - Georgia ballots just grew a little longer as another group of candidates joined the race for this year's election.

News you can use
Aug. 5, 1969 He wore faded trousers with red suspenders, a white shirt, a hue striped tie, and a "smashed down" red wig. His shoes were so large that a little girl had to feel to see if there was enough foot to fill them.

Rezoning gives go-ahead to riverfront plans
NORTH AUGUSTA - Riverside acreage in North Augusta that has been long targeted for development was given the nod of approval Monday night.

County says road will be paved soon
Two pieces of land stand between the dust that residents on G.R. Tucker Road endure and the sound of machinery paving.

Job isn't laughing matter for pet detective
Carl Washington won't listen, so don't try.

Subscriber of the day
Today's subscriber of the day is Michelle Liewehr of Evans.

Stewart punches photographer after race
INDIANAPOLIS -- NASCAR chairman Bill France wonders whether Tony Stewart might have been provoked into hitting a photographer after a 12th-place finish in the Brickyard 400.

Thieves take pink race car and more
TORONTO -- The pink Barbie-sponsored Formula Ford driven by Ashley Taws was stolen while the 18-year-old driver and the rest of her AIM Autosport team slept in a motel.

NASCAR notebook
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - Kurt Busch showed the fans sitting in the third turn grandstands, as well as a national television audience, what he thought of Jimmy Spencer Sunday during the Brickyard 400 when he pointed at Spencer, then clutched his buttocks.

Elliott wins two straight

Elliott wins two straight
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - It took nearly two hours for Bill Elliott to take all the pictures, kiss the row of bricks and take a ride around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday, so by the time he arrived in the media center he was exhausted.

Thieves take pink race car and more

NASCAR notebook

Max Papis will replace injured Adrian Fernandez

Elliott wins Brickyard
INDIANAPOLIS -- Bill Elliott passed Rusty Wallace 11 laps from the end, then held him off on a restart to win the Brickyard 400 on Sunday.

Stewart punches photographer after race

Max Papis will replace injured Adrian Fernandez
INDIANAPOLIS -- Max Papis will replace injured driver Adrian Fernandez in Sunday's CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio.

Prosecutors won't refile charges against Iverson

Prosecutors won't refile charges against Iverson
PHILADELPHIA -- Prosecutors won't refile charges against NBA star Allen Iverson for allegedly threatening two men with a gun.

Injured Kidd replaced by Davis on U.S. national team

Injured Kidd replaced by Davis on U.S. national team
NEW YORK -- An injured Jason Kidd was dropped from the U.S. roster for the World Basketball Championship on Monday, replaced by New Orleans Hornets guard Baron Davis.

Vick held out of passing drills because of sore shoulder

Fox names starters, plans for preseason

Sparks struggle with late-season confidence crisis

Kerney switching positions after breakout season

Spurrier leaves Japan with that Gator look

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Mr. Jacob Walton    (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Blanche Anderson    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Alvin Stephens    (WASHINGTON, Ga.)
Mrs. Evelyn Shepherd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mr. Julius Palmer    (SPARTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Mary Clements    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Ida Nipper    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Elease Williams    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lois Beneteau    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
Mrs. Allene Grice    (HARLEM, Ga.)
Mr. Fleming Collins Sr.    (OLAR, S.C.)
Mr. Dennis Gough    (DEARING, Ga.)
Mrs. Kathy Hughes    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Elease Williams    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
Mrs. Sandra Ansley    (THOMSON, Ga.)
Mr. Billy Addie    (GLOVERVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Mitchell George    (CARMEL, Maine)
Mrs. Dolorees Whitaker    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Featured obituary: Mrs. Emma Mason
There wasn't anyone more devoted to the city of Augusta than Emma Mason, friends and family say.

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Featured obituary: Mrs. Emma Mason

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Mr. Dennis Gough (DEARING, Ga.)

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Mrs. Emma Mason (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Alvin Stephens (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas Bentley (MACON, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Sean McDade (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Fleming Collins Sr. (OLAR, S.C.)

Ms. Bernice Cobb (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Bennie Broome (SHREVEPORT, LA)

Mrs. Allene Grice (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. Jeremy Morris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Jacob Walton (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Bessie Satterwhite (TRENTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Carrie Eubanks (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mrs. Constance Kight (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Florence Best (CHELSEA, Mich.)

Mrs. Florence Best (CHELSEA, Mich.)

Mr. Alvin Stephens (WASHINGTON, Ga.)

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Mrs. Plinney McCormick (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mrs. Elease Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Pray, but prepare
It would be a fatal error for the civilized world to mistake relative quiet for actual peace.

Backs Cross in Columbia Co. Commission race
I am supporting Ron Cross for Columbia County Commission chairman and hope you will, too. Ben L. Donaldson, Martinez, Ga.

Turning the pressure up
You know we're in a serious drought when the obscure word "Xeriscaping" bubbles to the surface.

911 dispatch unfamiliar with Augusta
I'm concerned for how persons in the Augusta 911 dispatch system are trained for their jobs. I have no knowledge of how this is accomplished, but I do know that more than one person in the dispatch room on the afternoon of July 6 had no knowledge of the location of the Augusta Canal bike-way. Ron Jackson, Evans, Ga.

Wants 'Chronicle' coverage of youths' swim meets
Where is The Chronicle's coverage of the CSRA Division I Swim League championship meet on July 12? There was no mention of the event, much less the results. There was minimal coverage of the Division II meet held on July 11. Kathryn Hennings, Aiken, S.C.

Georgia Games not helpful to city
I was disappointed with the Georgia Games wrestling held at Cross Creek High School. The contestants were not treated fairly, the school lost money on the event and I suspect taxpayers will bear the burden of the games. Guy Lane, Hephzibah, Ga.

New voting machines wasteful
Democrats are still ranting about Florida's 2000 presidential election debacle. They blamed their loss on the voting machines, the ballots, the poll workers, the attorney general and, finally, the U.S. Supreme Court. T. Lamb, Augusta

News you probably will never read
The following statements are definitely news you will never read from our area: Kenneth Hewett, Harlem, Ga.

Confusion at school
Most area schools open within a week or so, yet mass confusion still reigns regarding the federal "choice" legislation recently passed by Congress and signed by the president.

Feature stories are quality reporting
I saw in the Aug. 1 paper that The Augusta Chronicle will be running feature stories every week by certain personages. This is really good for us to have such a good panel of persons writing to us on topics close to our hearts. I commend you for brightening up your paper with good, quality reporting of the values we hold most dear. Rev. Michael Lubinsky, Augusta

Young does well with what he works with
I am so tired of hearing that Mayor Bob Young should leave office or resign. Bob Young is the best thing that ever happened to Augusta. He jumped right into office from our TV screens and has done a great job with what he has to work with. Joe Nirenberg, North Augusta, S.C.

Pitts' 'colorblind' column misrepresents
Leonard Pitts Jr.'s July 23 column ("Seeing through Connerly's colorblind scheme") is a perfect example of the classic liberal misrepresentation of the "colorblind" philosophy. Mike Mitchell, Augusta

Supports Ron Cross
Columbia County will begin the new year under a different form of local government. Responsibilities and relationships will have to be redefined; administrative and organizational processes and procedures will have to be revised. Charles R. Holloman, Ph.D., Evans, Ga.

Augusta's LBJ
The just released third volume of Robert Caro's sweeping biography of the nation's 36th president covers Lyndon Baines Johnson's years in the U.S. Senate - most of them as majority leader.

Augusta Regional Airport can be OK
With all of the negative publicity that Delta and the Augusta Regional Airport have received, I think it only fair that I write to compliment both of them on their excellent service. I, too, have done my fair share of "seat time" at the Atlanta airport, waiting on transportation to Augusta but, sometimes, everything just falls into place. Mary Ellen Sartori, North Augusta, S.C.

Jones has clear vision for District 97
Harold Jones II is by far the best choice to lead the new District 97 as its representative. He's qualified, experienced and has a proven record of public service to the Augusta-Richmond county community. Jeffery Stanberry, Augusta

Fix mine fields on Central Avenue
I had the front end of my auto re-aligned two weeks ago. After two weeks of driving on Central Avenue, I have detected a pull to the right in my alignment (fact). Jeffreyd Hall, Augusta

Cooperation to save kitten good example for commissioners
Like many of my fellow voters, I have grown weary of the sorry state of Augusta politics. But recently, I was part of something that renewed my faith in the citizenry. Bert Dean, Augusta

Stallions' owner unhappy

Overtime

Martina Hingis asks for wild-card entry to U.S. Open

Overtime

Money could keep Stallions in town

Cigar, Serena's Song enter horse racing's hall of fame
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Cigar, whose streak of 16 consecutive victories tied Citation's record, and champion filly Serena's Song entered the national racing hall of fame on Monday.

Overtime
Augusta State sophomore Lauren Smith has been named to the National Golf Coaches Association's All-Scholar Team.

Overtime
The University of South Carolina welcomed 23 newcomers on Sunday as the football team prepares for today's opening day of practices for first-year players.

Martina Hingis asks for wild-card entry to U.S. Open
NEW YORK -- Her ankle healing faster than expected after surgery, Martina Hingis asked Monday for wild-card entry into the U.S. Open, where she's been seeded No. 1 every year since 1997.

Heavyweight champion Lewis hints at retirement
LONDON -- Lennox Lewis hinted he might retire - or at least demand more money to fight - in an interview published Sunday.

Fox names starters, plans for preseason
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Carolina coach John Fox said he plans to play his starters only about one quarter on Saturday night when the Panthers open the exhibition season against the Washington Redskins.

Spurrier leaves Japan with that Gator look
OSAKA, Japan -- On fourth-and-1 in his first NFL exhibition game, Steve Spurrier went long. And the play panned out.

Kerney switching positions after breakout season
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Just when Patrick Kerney was getting comfortable as a defensive lineman in the NFL, he's got to learn a whole new position.

Vick held out of passing drills because of sore shoulder
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick hurt his left shoulder during a passing drill Monday, but he doesn't think the injury will keep him out of the first preseason game.

Stallions' owner unhappy
Augusta Stallions owner Frank Lawrence said Monday he will suspend operations of the team unless the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center coliseum authority can make some financial concessions and improve service at the arena.

Questions surround Stallions
After Augusta's 57-41 playoff loss at Macon on Saturday night, several Stallions contemplated their future.

Money could keep Stallions in town
For every home game, Augusta Stallions owner Frank Lawrence pays between $8,000 and $10,000 for rent, labor and other costs.

A site that can help you with Microsoft XP glitches
If you've upgraded to Microsoft XP, then you've undoubtedly noticed an essential tool that's not included with the software - a decent, well-written manual. This leaves you with several options:

Stopping spam
NEW YORK -- Fed up with a litany of tiresome e-mail pitches, Chris Caputo decided to fight back.

Experts focus on hurricane forecasts
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Coastal researchers are trying to develop better ways of predicting where a hurricane will make landfall, down to quarter-mile increments.

Workers make 800-pound bullet to hit comet in '05
BOULDER, Colo. - NASA's $279 million Deep Impact comet mission is like a cosmic skeet shooting event 80 million miles from Earth.

U.S. government slow to pass anti-spam measures
NEW YORK -- The European Union has a law banning unsolicited junk e-mail. Japan has one prohibiting spam to random addresses.

Dogs lose two to injuries; one quits
ATHENS, Ga. -- Starting Georgia offensive tackle George Foster is expected to be out 12 weeks after dislocating his wrist in an automobile accident on U.S. 441 in Madison on Saturday.

Dogs lose two to injuries; one quits

Gamecock football hot ticket - again
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- For the sixth straight season, South Carolina has sold out Williams-Brice Stadium.

Public gets inside nearly done arena
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- As soon as most visitors walked into the Carolina Center, their necks craned back to take in one of the largest campus arenas in the country.

Gamecock football hot ticket - again

Public gets inside nearly done arena

Sparks struggle with late-season confidence crisis
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Sparks once spoke boldly about going undefeated. Now the defending WNBA champions seem to be battling a late-season confidence crisis.

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

Corporate shows variety on debut CD
What a great time we're living in, when you can rock along with some great punk music and be soothed by the sweet melodic sounds of a piano at the same time. Something Corporate takes the time and effort to rise above the lameness of most piano music and adds some decent lyrics and ripping guitar licks to the mix.

Question of the day

My ride
THE FACTS: Josh Mangness, 20, a rising sophomore at South Georgia College

Audio best

Xtreme calendar

Taking to the air

My ride

My pad

Xtreme calendar
New on video and DVD:The Christmas blockbuster The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The big-screen version of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel stars Elijah Wood as ring-bearer Frodo Baggins and Sir Ian McKellen as the wizard Gandalf. There's also Supertroopers, a slapstick comedy about fumbling cops who must straighten up their act to save their station from budget cuts.

Corporate shows variety on debut CD

Girl's friends are too wild for her

My pad
THE FACTS: Randi Jones, 15, a rising sophomore at Evans High School

Question of the day
Q: How early will you leave home on the first day of school?

Your style
THE FACTS: Brandiace Bullock, 16, a rising senior at the Academy of Richmond County

Girl's friends are too wild for her
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